Smedley Announces SOE is No More, Becomes Daybreak Game Company

Sony Online Entertainment is no longer a Sony property; the company is now known as Daybreak Game Company, and will be taking a multi-platform approach to game development.

John Smedley of Sony Online Entertainment announced today that the company has separated from Sony and has been acquired by Columbus Nova. SOE is being rebranded under the name Daybreak Game Company.

Since 1999, Sony Online Entertainment has been known for developing popular titles such as the Everquest series, Star Wars Galaxies, Planetside, and the recent Early Access release of zombie survival MMO H1Z1. The company is still currently developing the Everquest-branded projects Everquest Next and Landmark, but with the rebranding of the company as an independent developer, these projects will now proceed with a multi-platform approach in mind.

Commenting on Columbus Nova's acquisition of his company, Smedley was optimistic about the company's future, and promised good things for loyal gamers, saying, “We will continue to focus on delivering exceptional games to players around the world, as well as bringing our portfolio to new platforms, fully embracing the multi-platform world in which we all live.”

Have you been a long-time fan of SOE's games? Will the availability of Daybreak's future releases on other platforms make you more likely to try them? Let us know in the comments!


Jessa wears a lot of hats - anthropology graduate, mother, obsessive book nerd, writer of both fiction and non-fiction - but her favorite hat is that of the gamer - a hat she's worn since owning an Atari was a "big deal."

Published Feb. 2nd 2015
  • Elijah Beahm
    Featured Columnist
    I hope the new acquisition is a benefit instead of a burden, but it will be interesting to see previous Sony exclusives like Planetside 2 now coming to Xbox One...
  • Jessa Rittenhouse
    There's a lot of talk on Reddit about it, a lot of it negative - there are the usual concerns with restructuring and the like that come with the acquisition of a new company, but I think this has the potential to be a really positive thing for them - if they'll still make the same quality of game but for multiple platforms, it could mean that those who have never had a chance to play games like Everquest, for instance, but have heard so much from friends about it - they'll get excited to try it on their preferred platform. For now, though, I guess the only thing we can do is wait and see.

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